August 19th – It’s Earth Overshoot Day again – and it’s not worth celebrating.
Today is the day that our consumption of natural resources for this year exceeds the planet's ability to replenish. That means that every day after today for the rest of the year, we are drawing on resource stocks: using soil for agriculture that won't have time to replenish itself, and accumulating more CO2 in the atmosphere than the trees can pull out. Overshoot day came a day earlier this year than last year, which means that we are continuing to use more resources than we have.
It's scary, but it's also a challenge (and achievable mission!) to all of us to live more sustainably. We can't turn back the clock this year, but we can make a difference for 2015 and beyond.
Here's what we can do in our homes to live more sustainably.
1. Don't waste the "ugly" fruit.
2. Turn on the fan!
3. Caulk, and use curtains.
4. Switch out your light bulbs.
5. Go Solar!
Those are my top five tips for the home.
And if taking all this action at home makes you want to mobilize our governments to do more, join us on September 21 in New York City for the People's Climate March, and then in November, vote for a candidate who puts a priority on sustainability. This overshoot day, you can commit to change your light bulbs, change your government, and change the world!
Visit worldwildlife.org/overshoot to learn more.